The Balanced U.S. Press

37 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2011 Last revised: 4 Mar 2022

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Riccardo Puglisi

University of Pavia; University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

James M. Snyder

Harvard University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

We propose a new method for measuring the relative ideological positions of newspapers, voters, interest groups, and political parties. The method uses data on ballot propositions. We exploit the fact that newspapers, parties, and interest groups take positions on these propositions, and the fact that citizens ultimately vote on them. We find that, on average, newspapers in the U.S. are located almost exactly at the median voter in their states. Newspapers also tend to be centrist relative to interest groups.

Suggested Citation

Puglisi, Riccardo and Snyder, James M., The Balanced U.S. Press (July 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17263, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1898518

Riccardo Puglisi (Contact Author)

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University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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James M. Snyder

Harvard University ( email )

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